Practicing Meditation::: Meditation Night 1st Wednesday of Every Month at 6pm

A Simple Meditation Technique & Ways to Calm                                                  Adrienne Fye, LMT, Yoga instructor, herbalist

 Meditation from Pema Chödrön

The Importance of Knowing Ourselves

Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It’s vital to help know ourselves: Our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance, and wisdom. The reason that people harm other people, the reason that the planet is polluted and people and animals are not doing so well these days is that individuals don’t know, trust or love themselves enough. 


Breath Awareness

In shamatha-vipashyana meditation, we sit upright with legs crossed and eyes open, hands resting on our thighs. Then we simply become aware of our breath as it goes out. It requires precision to be right there with that BREATH. On the other hand, it’s extremely relaxed and soft. 

Other things capture our attention slightly, but they don’t need to draw us off. We can continue to sit right here, aware of the breath going out.

Labeling Thoughts

But being with the breath is only part of the technique. These thoughts that run through our minds continually are the other part. We sit here talking to ourselves. The instruction is that when you realize you’ve been thinking, you label it ‘thinking.’ When your mind wanders off, you say to yourself, ‘thinking.’

Self-Compassion

Use the labeling part of the technique as an opportunity to develop softness and compassion for yourself. Anything that comes up is okay in the arena of meditation. The point is, you can see it honestly and make friends with it. Although it is embarrassing and painful, it is very healing to stop hiding from yourself.

Knowing Yourself

It is healing to know all the ways that you’re sneaky, all the ways that you hide out, all the ways that you shut down, deny, close off, criticize people; all your weird little ways. You can know all of that with some sense of humor and kindness.

Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.


Using Crystals during your meditation:


Amethyst quartz calms the conscious mind so that wisdom and guidance of the intuitive self can surface. Amethyst soothes the conscious mind and relaxes the tensions resultant from long stressful days, making it possible to enjoy restful sleep at night.

Citrine quartz expels negative energy from you and the area the stone is in. Lighter shades of citrine promote clarity of the mind, and they are especially beneficial to the endocrine and digestive system. Deeper more fiery colored citrine crystals work to transmute fears on an emotional (or mental) level. Citrine works to release any blockages and congestion of the solar plexus.


 First you’ll want to get to know your crystal. 

sleep with it under your pillow or keep it in your pocket or nearby. 

cleanse/bless your crystal before using as a meditation aid.

Hold your crystal and visualize its properties flooding into every cell, so much that you become one with it.


Using essential oils to increase your calm and availability to meditate: Essential oils can enhance the meditation experience, promote relaxation, and encourage spiritual openness. 


Lavender: anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, relaxant. calming properties puts your mind in the right frome to achieve clarity and enlightenment from meditation. balances you and helps you focus.

Frankincense: the most powerful oil for the spirit. Brings grounding, balancing, openness. Reduces pain ad inflammation , relieves stress and clears nasal passages. Best for the health of your body mind and spiit. 

Sandalwood: extremely cleansing and can break up negative thoughts and stress that cloud your mind. Hypotensive-can help lower your blood pressure so you can physically relax during meditation.

Clary Sage: used by cultures all over the world for thousands of years to remove negative energies from a space. can clear any room of negative energies that can influence and distract the mind from focusing. Antidpressant qualities help lift your mood.

We gather together every 1st Wednesday evening of the month to become quiet and still, to be with ourselves and focus on liberating ourselves out of the constant going we do in our minds and bodies. This is a wonderful space. All are welcome.

Crystals and Essential Oils are available at AGBodywork studio downtown Punxsy.

Any questions comment below and let us know

Do - It - Yourself (DIY) Class Tonight after Yoga!

We are starting to hold DIY gatherings with therapeutic essential oils every week! Tonights class is make your own bug and sun spray to keep your skin safe from summer's pests

we will learn which oils are great to repel bugs and keep your skin supple and sun-proof and why they work. why using this is better for your health than the stuff you get at the store and even how it works great on pets!

next week will be on Thursday evening at 6:30pm 

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO COME!

watch our fb page for updates!!

Recognize Your Purpose and Fulfill Your Destiny

Recognize Your Purpose and Fulfill Your Destiny

Reprinted from KRI Level 2 Life Cycles & Lifestyles

Yogi Bhajan said something unusual when speaking about goals and the human approach to life. He said that it was very inhuman to seek, to look for something and try to get it. Instead he implored us to recognize and deliver; to be still and let things come to you. He did not mean for us to be passive. He meant we have the power to be radiant—radiant literally, in our auras. And radiant figuratively, in the charisma that comes to us when we are clear, congruent, and conscious. When we recognize and project our identity, then everything that completes that identity will naturally come to us. It’s a first principle of the consciousness of abundance. He called this attribute “Presence.”

When we recognize our destiny and the purpose that accompanies it, we become present in a tangible and powerful way. This is not an intellectual exercise, neither is it the result of a list of goals, nor is it the expertise you may have developed over time and experience. Presence and purpose encompass all our goals and sort out the irrelevant ones while giving life to the important ones.

We all experience this presence at times. Often it is unintentional. It awakens in us as we are absorbed in doing something we are committed to. At other times we are driven to rediscover and align to our real purpose out of circumstance—usually an unpleasant one. This sometimes happens when success gives way to depression or boredom; when we experience an inexplicable, gradual drift from the sense of meaning in what we do; when a major transition upsets our life—by change of job, residence, marriage, death, war, or disaster; or when we are pressed by our own natural cycles of maturation to re-evaluate what, how, and why we do things.

According to Yogi Bhajan destiny is already given by our totality, by the momentum and potential of each of our actions over lifetimes, and by God. He also says we can change our destiny to some degree by how we think, our ability to extend our aura, and optimize the functions of our chakras and subtle centers. Both things are true. The lived destiny that we have and the purpose that we fulfill are dynamic things, not static. They emerge from our relationship between our finite self and our Infinite Self. If we open our chakras with Kundalini Yoga and we establish a clear identity and consciousness, then we create and become aware of our highest destiny.

We can tune in to our destiny and clarify it even as we co-create it through our discipline, commitment, and capacity. We can express it in words or phrases that capture not “what,” like a goal, or “how” like a strategy, but “who and why.” There’s nothing wrong with being busy and even skilled at climbing the ladder quickly; just be sure the ladder is up against the right building!

Our brain has evolved over time to recognize patterns and to try and predict what’s going to happen next from those patterns. We are hard-wired to search for predictability and security. You are so attuned to recognizing patterns that you your entire life is suffused with your destiny. Your lived purpose leaves footprints everywhere across the landscape of your experiences. You just need to focus, to open up your perception and let the pattern uncover itself.

Put aside your expectations and replace them with a neutral anticipation and childlike curiosity
Put aside your judgments of good and bad and dwell in gratitude with what is real
Put aside beliefs and imprints from others and claim the beliefs that are authentic to your heart, soul, and experience
Put aside your doubts and see your talents and gifts—emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.
Put aside the constant whir of your life for the stillness and intuitive sensitivity of your consciousness
In this way, the pattern of your destiny and the direction of your purpose will stand in this present moment and through every moment of your life just as the pull of the current shapes the form of a river. As you sense that pull of destiny, capture it in words that will stir your passion for life and inspire others as well.

8 AM YOGA THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH FOLLOWED BY TRAIL RUN/WALK

This weekend we are going to team up with the Mahoning Valley Trails and get our stretch in early - 8AM to be exact and go all out for the 10k and 5k races starting at the ballfields. 

We hope that you come pre-race stretch with us or just get out of bed bright and early, get your yoga calm on and have the rest of the day to enjoy and relax. 

Join us at vandyke&company this saturday at 8AM for morning stretch wake up yoga , followed by the Mahoning Shadow Shuffle race starting at 10AM. Run or walk, this awesome annual event benefits our local trails that are beautiful for bike riding, running and walking. 

10K is $20 to enter and 5K is $15 to enter. There is also a half marathon starting at 9AM if you dare......

ACRO YOGA

ACRO was super low key and fun tonight out in the yard at Santosha Yoga. 

We played, took some amazing photos of us that will be posted shortly, and relaxed through the gorgeous sunset. 

NEXT ACRO CLASS WILL BE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 , 6:30PM . 

Bring a partner, bring yourself & your mat. weather depending we'll be out in the elements or in our home studio stretching breathing trusting each other. 

See you there <3